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using Pigeon Poo in the garden  RSS feed

 
Wenderlynn Bagnall
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Is pigeon poop good for the garden? I,ve heard it's very toxic.
 
Megan Wantoch
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Pigeon poop is awesome. It almost makes it worthwhile to keep the little vandals. I'm not sure what you mean by toxic- like most manures, it shouldn't be used fresh, directly on plants. I compost mine. If you're worried about toxicity to humans, it's always possible that it could contain some human pathogens, but its no more dangerous than chicken poop. Unless you're collecting from urban pigeons in which case I guess it could have added nasties.
 
Thelma McGowan
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wild pigeons have a lot of disease. But domestic pigeons would be just as safe as chickens poop to compost and use.
 
Wenderlynn Bagnall
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Thanks Thelma and Megan. I'd heard their poop had lots of bad stuff in for humans and that it's acidic. Is it OK to have small doses straight on to bed or just straight in the compost bin. how long should it be left?
 
Roger Merry
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Pigeon poop is rocket fuel ! I add it to beds in Autumn to over winter or in Spring for really greedy crops like pumpkins etc. just add it to the surface of the soil rather than digging it in and it'll wash in slowly.

I also add it to woodchips to speed up decomposition - from fresh chippings from the tree surgeons to black crumbly mulch in a season

it also makes great liquid feed - put a sack full in a rain barrel and use well diluted ........ make sure the barrel is away from the house, it stinks lol
 
Wenderlynn Bagnall
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Thanks Roger
 
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